WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hill, the premier source for U.S. political and policy news coverage, has been named as a media organization influencer in a recent study by the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) at the MIT Media Lab designating the top 150 influencers in the 2016 election.
In a research project conducted by the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab to further public understanding of how politics and news are changing in the digital age, The Hill comes in as third most influential in the category of Media Organizations – behind CNN and Fox, but ahead of 35 other media organizations.
"MIT Media Lab's unbiased study illuminates The Hill's position as a top source for political news in the 2016 election cycle," said Jimmy Finkelstein, Chairman of The Hill. "It is impressive to note that this analysis places The Hill as a top influencing media organization and the highest non-television media company in its category."
The full 2016 Election Influencers list ranked Candidates, Celebrities, Campaign and Political Pundits, Media Organizations and Politicians including: President Barack Obama (#8), 2016 Presidential contenders Donald Trump (#1) and Hillary Clinton (#2) and others.
The MIT Media Lab 2016 Election Influencer list was calculated by presence and impact in the election news coverage and the Twitter conversation since last August.
MIT Media Lab's findings come at a time of unprecedented growth for The Hill, which had a 178% jump from a year ago, according to ComScore. Additionally, a report from SimilarWeb, a leading Web-analytics company, said The Hill had the largest year-over-year increase in traffic among all U.S. publishers last year through November.
Recently reporting on The Hill's digital traffic growth, USA Today stated, "Heightened interest for all things political this season...has been a boon for political news organizations. Few have lapped it up with more gusto than The Hill..." In addition, The Hill is now one of the fastest growing media companies in terms of social media with 2.5 times as many interactions and shares as Politico, Bloomberg Politics, and Roll Call put together (as measured February 2016 by Facebook partner, CrowdTangle).
The Hill focuses on the intersection of politics, policy, and continues to drive the conversation among people in politics and thought leaders across the United States.
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